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27 Sept 05

  
Home Sweet Home

Well, I think I have finally gotten my apartment in Charleston more or less squared away. Gwen and my parents were able to come out here with me last week to help me, so that was a big plus. I have put some pictures up if you want to see my new digs. To accommodate the apartment pictures and later such articles to come, I have made a new Navy section of the website, since I can't really use the USNA section now that I have graduated and all.

Right now, I am still in the lead-up to Nuke school, so I find myself with all kinds of time to enjoy my cable TV, cable internet, and Alienware computer. I've been playing a lot of Battlefield 2, but last night I downloaded a Half-life 2 mod that the guys over at Nintendorks introduced me to. It is called Day of Defeat: Source, and it is quite addictive. I figure I might as well get my kicks in, since once I actually start school, it will be nose to the grindstone. It really does feel nice to have  a broadband internet connection again, especially one that isn't as oppressively administered as the Academy's was towards the end. I got all of these neato PC games, but I wasn't able to really play them for the last year and a half at the Academy and during my time at home. If I can make some time between all of the schoolin', I'll try to update again!

 
Photo Gallery: My Charleston Apartment
 
 
 

15 Sept 05

  
Moving Time Again

I've been spending the last few days packing for my impending move to Charleston, SC. I am pretty excited about it really, as this will be my first apartment. The process of making arrangements for phone, internet, and electric service really helps to drive home the point that I am really moving out on my own. For some reason, I've had another bout of playing SimCity 3000. Every couple of years, it seems, I get this urge to install it again and start yet another city, which I invariably name Andyland. The current incarnation of Andyland is probably the most successful, with over a million residents in the year 2480. This urge will probably pass in another day or two, but you never know. Another blast from the past has come in the form of Gundam Wing, which I just finished re-watching. I'll probably post a review of it soon, a project that I've been meaning to complete for years.

As for the pictures from Labor Day, only two wound up being taken. Honestly, I though more shots would come out of it, but such was not the case. I might still post the two that were taken eventually, though.

 
 
 

4 Sep 05

  
Aeria Gloris

Well, as I promised a few weeks ago, here is a review of Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex. Given that it is Labor Day weekend, I have been doing as much goofing off as possible and this review is part of that. As I am writing this, I am also watching the Super Special Extended Expensive Edition of the The Two Towers. It is distinguished from the Super-Duper Special Extended Expensive Edition by its lack of fancy bookends and artbox, but it is still really well done. I'm hoping that tomorrow my parents and I can manage a trip up to Union, IL to visit the Illionis Railway Museum. It is one of my favorite places, but I haven't been there for a number of years. Every year during Labor Day Weekend, they fire up all sorts of equipment for exhibition, and it is quite the spectacle. I'll try to take some pictures and post them here. Till then!

 
Anime Review: Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex
 
 
 

1 Sept 05

  
Disasters Suck

I am still having trouble wrapping my head around the disaster that struck the Gulf Coast and New Orleans last week. The amount of destruction and the unrest it has caused is almost beyond belief. I have an Academy classmate whose family lives in southern Mississippi that I haven't heard from since then, and I'm hoping that he and his family are doing okay. I decided to make a donation to the Red Cross to help out the victims of the storm. This is the second time I've done it, the first time having been when the tsunami struck in Southeast Asia earlier this year. I figured if I could do it for a bunch of poor people halfway around the world, I could sure as heck do it for my fellow countrymen a few hundred miles to the south. I saw on the Red Cross donation page that they have already raised almost $20 million for relief efforts, which is heartwarming. I've heard several calls from figures in the media asking why all of the foreign countries that America has aided in the aftermath of disasters or who have accused the U.S. of being stingy when helping others are not now sending aid our way. As a point of pride, though, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with other countries offering aid. Maybe I 'm just being stubborn, though.

In other news, my time at home is steadily dwindling. I have just a little over a couple of weeks left, and in that time I hope to finish up a couple of projects I've been working on. Of course, I am still steadily chewing my way through my massive back-log of gaming, but the biggie is the Polar Lights NX-01 Enterprise model my Dad got me for Chirstmas. This is by far the most complex modeling project that I've ever undertaken, and when it is complete I hope to get a feature about it posted here. August was the most productive month I've had in a while as far as updates are concerned, but I doubt that September will pan out as nicely what with moving to Charleston and all. Still, I'm sure a few good updates will wind there way here before then ;).

 
 
 
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